Archive For The “States’ Rights & Nullification” Category

To the Governor: Delaware Bill Expands Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

DOVER, Del. (June 22, 2018) – On Wednesday, the Delaware Senate gave final approval to a bill to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, further nullifying federal prohibition of cannabis in effect.  Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach) and 23 bipartisan co-sponsors introduced House Bill 374 (HB374) in April. The legislation would add glaucoma, chronic debilitating…

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California Commmittee Passes Bill to End Unrestricted Federal Militarization of Local Police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 21, 2018) – On Tuesday, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies in the state to get local governmental approval before acquiring or using military equipment. Passage of the bill into law would set the stage to limit federal programs that militarize local police. Asm. Todd Gloria…

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New Jersey Bills Would Legalize Marijuana; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

TRENTON, N.J. (Jun. 18, 2018) – Two bills filed in the New Jersey Senate would legalize marijuana, setting the foundation to nullify federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state. Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) introduced Senate Bill 2702 (S2702) and Senate Bill 2703 (S2703) on Jun. 7. Both bills would permit adults 21 or older…

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Now In Effect: Michigan Bans “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (June 17, 2018) – A new law banning “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs went into effect in Michigan. This is an essential step every state needs to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) introduced…

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Delaware Senate Passes Bill to Allow People to Expunge Some Marijuana Charges

DOVER, Del. (June 14, 2018) – Yesterday, the Delaware Senate unanimously passed a bill that would create a process to expunge the sentences of people charged under the state’s marijuana laws prior to decriminalization. Passage into law would take another step toward nullifying federal marijuana prohibition in effect in Delaware. Sen. Gregory Lavelle (R-Sharpley) and…

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Status Update: Ohio Announces Medical Marijuana Dispensary Locations Despite Federal Prohibition

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 14, 2018) – Last week, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the location of dozens of new medical marijuana dispensaries, taking another important step toward getting its medical marijuana program up and running and further nullifying the federal government’s unconstitutional cannabis prohibition in effect. Medical marijuana became officially legal in Ohio in…

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Signed as Law: Louisiana Expands Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

BATON ROUGE, La. (Jun. 13, 2018) – Earlier this month, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law that expand the state’s medical marijuana program. This will further nullify federal cannabis prohibition in the Pelican State. Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) sponsored House Bill 579 (HB579). The new law expands access to medical marijuana…

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Delaware Committee Passes Bills to Expand Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

DOVER, Del. (Jun. 12, 2018) – Last week, a Deleware Senate committee passed two bills that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program and its cannabis decriminalization laws, further nullifying federal prohibition of cannabis in effect.  Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach) and 23 bipartisan co-sponsors introduced House Bill 374 (HB374) to add glaucoma, chronic debilitating…

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North Carolina Bill Would Decriminalize Marijuana Possession, Expunge Some Criminal Records

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jun. 11, 2018) – A bill filed in the North Carolina Senate would decriminalize marijuana possession and expunge the records of certain marijuana offenders. Passage into law would take a step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state. Sen. Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth) introduced Senate Bill 791 (S791) with three co-sponsors on…

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Signed as Law: Colorado Expands Industrial Hemp Industry Despite Federal Prohibition

DENVER, Colo. (June 11, 2018) – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a bill into law that will further mainstream the state’s industrial hemp industry. Implementation of this new law will likely pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in practice and effect. A bipartisan coalition of two…

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Effort to Make Vermont Hemp Program Federally Compliant Fails

BURLINGTON, Vt. (June 8, 2018) – An attempt to make Vermont’s industrial hemp licensing program federally compliant failed this year, allowing farmers in the state to continue developing a viable hemp industry and nullifying federal prohibition in effect. The comprehensive farm bill (S276) passed by the Senate included provisions modifying the state’s industrial hemp licensing…

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Republicans Join Democrats to Expand Obamacare in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (June 6, 2018) – After refusing to do so for years, Republicans in Virginia helped Democrats expand Medicaid, and by extension Obamacare. The Republican-controlled Senate passed a budget bill including Medicaid expansion last week after four GOP senators joined ranks with the Democrats. Nineteen Republicans also voted in favor of the bill in…

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California Senate Passes Bill to Create Banking Alternative for Cannabis Industry, Bypass Federal Reserve

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 6, 2018) – Last week, the California Senate passed a bill that would establish limited state-chartered banks to serve the cannabis industry. Final passage of this legislation would remove a major federal roadblock in front of the developing marijuana industry in the state and further nullify federal prohibition of cannabis. Sen. Bob…

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Signed by the Governor: Tennessee Revises Law on Drone Surveillance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 6, 2018) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill making changes to the state’s laws on drone surveillance. The new law tightens up some aspects of the current law, but relaxes provisions relating to data retention. Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Brentwood) sponsored Senate Bill 1993 (SB1993). The legislation revises the Freedom from…

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Signed as Law: Colorado Expands Hemp Market, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition in Effect

DENVER, Colo. (June 5, 2018) – Last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law establishing that hemp will be treated like any other food ingredient. Enactment of this law paves the way for further expansion of the state’s hemp market and will help further nullify federal prohibition in effect. A bipartisan coalition of three…

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California Assembly Passes Bill to Allow People to Expunge Some Marijuana Charges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 5, 2018) – Last week, the California Assembly passed a bill that would create a process to expunge or reduce the sentences of people charged under the state’s marijuana laws before recreational cannabis was legalized this year. Passage into law would take another step toward nullifying federal marijuana prohibition in effect in California….

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Now in Effect: West Virginia Hemp Seed Law Can Further Expand Commercial Market Despite Federal Prohibition

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (June 5, 2018) – Today, a new law establishing a hemp seed certification program in the state went into effect. Enactment of this law paves the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market and will help further nullify federal prohibition in effect. A coalition of three Democratic senators introduced Senate Bill 475…

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New Jersey Committee Passes Bill to Require Comprehensive Asset Forfeiture Reporting

TRENTON, N.J. (June 4, 2018) – Last week, a New Jersey Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would impose strict reporting requirements for all asset forfeitures in the state. This legislation would take a first step that could lead to substantive reforms, including closing a federal loophole that allows police to bypass strict state asset forfeiture…

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California Senate Passes Bill to Help Expand Hemp Market, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition in Practice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 4, 2018) –  Last Wednesday, the California Senate unanimously passed a bill that would loosen some regulations on hemp seed and cultivation. Passage of this bill would pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in practice and effect. Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), along with…

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New York Bill Would Terminate Common Core in the State

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 1, 2018) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would end Common Core in schools throughout the state. Assembly Bill 10890 (A10890) was introduced by Asm. Doug Smith (R-Bayport). The legislation would void Common Core standards in the state of New York. It contains the same language as Senate Bill…

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